Love it or List it! A programme I like to watch.

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

There has been a huge increase in property programmes over recent years. They all come at it from a different angle, with the central focus on helping the home owner improve their own home. The BBC have produced an introduction to working on your property. It gives some first thoughts and advice on how to get started. You can read it here. You can then read further on how to go about extending your property.

I watch some of these programmes. However, I do find some of them frustrating as many of these projects go wrong due to lack of communication. I endeavour to ensure communication is good through a project and any issues that occur during the design process or at building stage can be resolved quickly through good communication.

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However, one of the programmes I enjoy watching is Love it or list it.

The formula follows the same pattern, the homeowners decide between keeping their home (following it’s renovation), i.e. Love it or buying a new home and selling their current one i.e. List it. The Love it challenge is taken up by Kirstie Allsopp and the List it challenge by Phil Spencer. Although Kirstie is not an Architect, she comes up with some strategies to alter the existing property to make it work, where it clearly does not. They then employ professionals to carry the work out. Phil Spencer offers the homeowners suggestions for buying a new property which meets their criteria. The two go head to head at the end of the programme to decide whether they will ‘Love it’ or ‘List it’.

I enjoy this programme as it is very honest and invariably people choose to love their own property once the renovation work has been carried out. It is amazing the difference that can be made by a professional seeing your home through different eye. I wrote about this a little while ago on a blog.

When you do not live in a property and have professional experience of looking at dwellings every day, you do see potential differently. Options that had not been considered before come to light. Before you decide to jump in and sell your own home, why not consider having it looked at professionally to see if alterations can be made to provide you with the spaces you really need. If you live in the North East of England please contact me to arrange an appointment.

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